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Côte d'Ivoire - Combined 2013-2017 Country Strategy Paper and 2013 Portfolio Review
The political and security situation in Côte d’Ivoire has gradually normalized since the end of the post-electoral crisis in April 2011. The calm conduct of the legislative elections in December 2011, the election of the new President of the National Assembly in March 2012 and the local elections (regional and municipal) in April 2013 completed the process of restoring the functioning of the Republic’s institutions. According to the electoral calendar, the next presidential elections will be held in 2015. The reform of the army is also being pursued along with the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration (DDR) process, which concerns a target population of 64,777. The re-integration of 30,000 demobilized ex-combatants is on-going and the Government’s objective is to complete the process in 2014. The Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CDVR) has started its activities and prisoners from the postelectoral crisis close to the former regime have been provisionally released. The Government is preparing to submit to the National Assembly (NA) two draft laws on the ‘Status of the Opposition’ and on the ‘Funding of Political Parties’. Two new laws have also been promulgated aimed at resolving the sensitive issues of nationality and land ownership, which were at the root of the tensions.